What Does Occupational Therapy Do?
February 24, 2022 by Steve Kerschke, PT
Occupational therapy is an effective type of rehabilitative care. It aims to prevent the worsening of an individual’s condition and improve their quality of life. If you experience injury, pain, disability or an illness that limits your ability to care for yourself, perform your everyday work or participate in your favorite activities, occupational therapy is a wonderful option.
If you recently experienced a catastrophic injury, such as a spinal cord injury, brain injury, stroke, or other debilitating medical event, you might wonder why occupational therapy was added to your already-long list of therapies that will take up your days as you work to recover.
So, what does occupational therapy do? Let’s take a closer look at how they can help you, who can benefit from receiving occupational therapy, and what it involves.
Here at Kintinu Telerehab, we provide quality occupational therapy online that is both convenient and specially designed to connect your recovery plan to your everyday life. We help individuals with complex injuries including neurological, limb loss, and orthopedic injuries. Keep reading to learn more about the benefits of occupational therapy.
What Does Occupational Therapy Do?
If you have a disability or have suffered an injury, you may find it difficult to perform everyday tasks or participate in daily activities. Occupational therapy teaches individuals how to adapt and how to perform meaningful tasks at home, at work, in school or in public settings.
Your occupational therapist will help you learn skills and gain strength or flexibility to allow you to function more independently and use tools (also known as assistive devices) if necessary. Occupational therapy can help with a wide range of activities, such as (but not limited to):
- Performing office or school work
- Eating without assistance from others
- Bathing and dressing yourself without assistance
- Taking part in leisure and recreational activities
- Performing everyday household tasks such as laundry
- Exercising, playing sports and staying active
- Return to driving
- Vision therapy
Occupational therapy can greatly enhance an individual’s quality of life and allow them to live a fuller life. The skills you learn in occupational therapy help you get back to doing the things you love – even if you do them differently now.
What Is an Occupational Therapist?
An occupational therapist is a health care professional. They specialize in using both scientific foundations and a holistic perspective to allow individuals to perform daily routines and tasks.
Occupational therapists require a license and must pass a national exam to be certified to practice. Here at Kintinu Telerehab, our team of occupational therapists is fully qualified. We have years of firsthand experience helping patients.
Occupational therapists can work with people of all ages, from babies to seniors and every age group in between. They are focused on creating treatment plans that will help patients perform tasks in ways that are more manageable and/or less painful.
Who Can Benefit From Occupational Therapy?
Occupational therapy can benefit people living with a range of health conditions and symptoms, including:
- Brain injury
- Chronic pain
- Spinal cord injury
- Joint replacement
- Alzheimer’s disease
- Multiple sclerosis
- Carpal tunnel syndrome
- Cancer symptoms
- Low vision
- Mental health issues
- Cerebral palsy
- Limb Loss
Occupational therapy can help people with these conditions maximize their ability to effectively and safely perform a range of tasks to promote independence at home and in the community.
What Can You Expect from Therapy?
The type of therapy that you will receive depends on factors, such as your medical history and your specific condition. Your occupational therapist will develop a personalized therapy plan and set appropriate goals.
Your specific therapy plan may include some of the following:
- Teaching you to use assistive devices (including walkers and wheelchairs)
- Helping you to learn or relearn how to perform everyday tasks
- Helping with tasks related to fine motor skills
- Educating you to get in and out of chairs and beds safely
- Teaching you exercises to reduce pain or increase flexibility
- Assessing your home and workplace to make everyday tasks easier
- Helping you to manage stress and anxiety
- Educating caregivers and loved ones to support you in your life
Why Choose Kintinu Telerehab?
In addition to occupational therapy, our team provides:
Our virtual rehabilitation sessions can take place wherever you are, whether that is in your home, at work, or within the community.
We are focused on helping you rebuild skills and confidence in every aspect of your life. More importantly, our comprehensive approach is completely individualized to your specific needs and recovery journey.
Accessing online occupational therapy sessions is simple using a convenient mobile-friendly conferencing platform. Start by requesting an appointment, where you will receive a personalized consultation. This appointment will include a thorough review of your medical history and rehabilitation experience and a collaboration with our care team and physicians.
Next, you can schedule a comprehensive assessment with our therapy team. From there, we provide a written report that includes an individualized plan of care based on your goals. Our interdisciplinary collaborative approach brings therapy to you wherever you are.
Discover The Benefits of Occupational Therapy for Yourself
Occupational therapy is a great option for individuals looking to increase their independence and ability to perform everyday tasks. It helps individuals to learn (or relearn) ways to perform tasks and participate in activities, improving their quality of life.
If you would like to learn more about occupational therapy or schedule an appointment with our team, contact us today at (531) 210-5700. We look forward to speaking with you and helping you on your recovery journey.